COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state panel has agreed to release another $2.5 million to the State Highway Patrol, with some of that going to provide security for Gov. John Kasich as he campaigns for president.
The state Controlling Board voted Monday to release the money as part of a request to cover security and investigation expenses, including protecting dignitaries, The Blade newspaper in Toledo reported (http://bit.ly/1penGB9 ).
The additional money increases the patrol’s total allotment for security and investigations to $12.2 million — up from $9.7 million. $2.2 million of that increase is tied to payroll, and $300,000 is meant for supplies and maintenance.
Democratic state Rep. Kevin Boyce of Columbus, who voted to release the money, said protecting Kasich is important. But he never received any answers on specific uses for the money or how much of it relates to Kasich’s bid for the Republican nomination, he said.
“I wasn’t asking for the location or the specifics of who,” he said. “I was just trying to understand where those costs go and what we’re responsible for as a state. . I think that’s what (the controlling board is) here for.”
Patrol officials said they don’t discuss security resources due to safety concerns.
“If we did so, it could potentially compromise the safety of any of the dignitaries that we are charged with protecting,” said Maj. Marla Gatskill, commander of the highway patrol’s office of planning and analysis.
The state Supreme Court has said details involving the governor’s security don’t have to be released under Ohio’s public-records law.
Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/